It's an edited version of my talk to the Design Research Institute's recent forum on challenges for design in the 21st century.
The essay explores the relationship between design, technology and freedom. A sample:
Perhaps the most maddening threat to freedom is success. Freedom need not make golems or ghosts of us; it is not monstrous or other-worldly. But free individuals may be foreign to us, foreign in values, beliefs and tastes, and stubbornly so. Designers who meet the challenge of freedom may well find themselves unsettled, insulted or simply baffled by it. Freedom is a challenge not simply because it is hard to realise but because it is hard to recognise. And, even for the best of us, perhaps even harder to love.(Photo: The Australian/Jane Dempster)